Turn That Frown Upside Down: Taming Your Inner Grouch

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October 15 is National Grouch Day, so if you are a grouch, this is a day set aside to be your truest grouchy self! Sesame Street magazine first declared October 15 as National Grouch Day, inspired by the grumpiest of all the grouches, Oscar the Grouch.

The dictionary defines a grouch a: a person who complains frequently or constantly, or a habitually irritable or complaining person. If this describes you, you may not recognize the need to change your ways, but National Grouch Day is the perfect time to examine yourself and your attitudes. For now, go ahead and celebrate your grumpy self, whether it be watching an episode of “Sesame Street” to see Oscar the Grouch, whining a little to unleash that grouch, or posting something cynical on social media. But then, be sure to take advantage of this year’s “National Grouch Day” by getting the grumpiness out of your system and moving on to a healthier, more positive version of yourself.  

What’s So Bad About Being Grouchy?

We have all had our share of days when nothing seems to go right, and incessant bad days can make it seem impossible to maintain a positive outlook. However, when it seems like every single day you’re struggling with negative thoughts, it may be time to take a look within yourself and ask why.

Having a negative mindset can take a toll on your health over time. When we are constantly grumpy, our stress levels stay elevated for an extended period of time, and that puts us at a higher risk of serious health issues. Some of the health problems stress hormones can cause include anxiety, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, memory problems, sleep issues, headaches, heart attack, stroke, and digestive issues.

Not only does pessimism affect your health, but it also has an effect on those around you. If you have ever been around someone who constantly complains, you know all too well how draining it can be. “Misery loves company,” or so they say—but a better phrase would be this: “Smile! It is good for your health.” It’s nearly impossible to smile and be grouchy at the same time. So if you’re struggling with a grumpy disposition, it’s time to turn that frown upside down!

In case you needed one more reason to seek a more positive mindset, studies have shown that “optimism is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality.” This is a pretty good reason to try to shift your mindset from a grouchy complainer to someone who looks for reasons to be thankful.

Tips to Have a Brighter Days and Improve Your Mood

Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic has some great tips for you to help chase the grumpiness away.

First, think about what you consume. Whether it’s an excess of caffeine or alcohol, too much of either of these can trigger irritability in some individuals, so consume both in moderation. Also, what we consume isn’t just what we put in our body through diet but what we feed our minds.  Whether it be what we consume through social media, news articles, or a negative friend, it may be time for a detox and a shift in focus.

Try to think about the time when you started feeling irritable and what was happening then. Was it a certain event you may need resolution from? Are you experiencing physical pain that is contributing to your mood? Perhaps you’re simply giving more weight to things that aren’t especially important, like bad weather, a traffic jam, or a difficult interaction with someone. Examining yourself, your surroundings, and where you’re focusing your attention can help you on your way to a more positive you!

One of the best ways to combat a bad mood is to exercise.  A quick walk is a great mood elevator since it releases endorphins in the body. Walking outside is even better so you can soak up some of the sunshine and get double benefits since Vitamin D is a natural mood elevator. If you don’t have time for a walk, do some quick jumping jacks or run in place for a minute. Anything that gets your heart rate up, even for a minute, can help relieve anger and relax your mind.

Chiropractic Care for Improved Mood

Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic can help you in your journey to improve your mental health and better health overall. Let us assist you as you begin your journey to a happier you!  Contact us today to discuss how you can receive the benefits of chiropractic care!

Sources

Rozanski, Alan et al. “Association of Optimism with Cardiovascular Events and All-Cause Mortality: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.” JAMA network open vol. 2,9 e1912200. 4 Sep. 2019, doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.12200

Association of Optimism With Cardiovascular Events and All-Cause Mortality (nih.gov)

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